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MERGER TO CREATE WORLD’S LARGEST AD COMPANY

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In what would create the world’s largest advertising company, New York-based Omnicom and Paris-based Publicis announced today (Sunday) that they have agreed to merge. Together the two companies accounted for $22.7 billion in total revenue last year. Initially Omnicom chief John Wren and Publicis chief Maurice Lévy have agreed to serve as co-CEOs. However, Lévy, […]

RATINGS GIANTS TO COMBINE

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For decades, the Arbitron ratings have been to the radio industry what the Nielsen ratings have been to the television industry — the standard source for audience measurement. Now, if regulators approve, there will be only a single source for both radio and TV: Nielsen. The New York-based company said today (Tuesday) that it had […]

AFTRA-SAG MERGER OVERWHELMINGLY OK’D

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After decades of often hostile rivalry, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) overwhelmingly approved the merger of the two unions. Eighty-six percent of AFTRA members approved the merger, a percentage that was expected. But it was also approved by 82 percent of SAG members, […]

JUDGE REJECTS SAG DISSIDENTS’ ARGUMENTS; MERGER VOTE TO GO AHEAD

March 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rejecting arguments from a dissident group of Screen Actors Guild members led by Martin Sheen and Ed Harris, a federal judge on Wednesday permitted a vote on the merger of SAG and the American Federation of Television Artists to go forward. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero said, “Voting in favor of […]

CELEBRITY ACTORS AMONG THOSE TRYING TO HALT SAG-AFTRA MERGER

February 23, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

A dissident group of SAG members, who include such notables as Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Ed Harris and Martin Sheen, is going to court in an effort to halt the union’s plans to call a referendum on the proposed merger with AFTRA. The lawsuit claims that SAG’s board, under union rules, were required to conduct […]

OPPONENTS OF SAG-AFTRA MERGER EMERGE

February 10, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Three weeks before members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild are to begin voting on the proposal to merge the two unions, a group headed by longtime merger opponent Scott Wilson says it plans to launch a campaign to urge fellow members to vote no. “These are […]

LAWYERS SAY P&H PLANS WON’T BE HARMED BY SAG-AFTRA MERGER

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Entertainment industry labor attorney Jonathan Handel says that a study included Tuesday in the AFTRA-SAG merger documents about bringing together the Pension and Health plans of the two unions “could be a game changer.” Noting that in the past plans to merge the two performers unions have come undone by SAG activists who have contended […]

SAG, AFTRA BOARDS APPROVE MERGER

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The national boards of each of the primary TV and movie performers’ unions, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), have overwhelming approved a merger plan. While in the past AFTRA members have supported such a merger, SAG members have shot it down. This time, however, SAG […]

SAG/AFTRA GROUP HAMMERS OUT FINAL MERGER PLAN

January 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After nine days of intense negotiations, leading members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists who formed The Group for One Union announced early today (Monday) that they had hammered out final details of a plan to merge the two unions. Details of the plan were not disclosed. […]

SAG PRESIDENT SAYS MERGER WITH AFTRA COULD HAPPEN NEXT MONTH

December 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The president of the Screen Actors Guild expressed confidence on Tuesday that all issues standing in the way of a merger between SAG and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will be resolved by the end of January. Emerging from a meeting with his AFTRA counterparts, SAG President Ken Howard told the Los […]

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